Convicted Rapist, Max Factor Heir Andrew Luster Seeks New Trial

SANTA BARBARA  (AP) — Andrew Luster, a convicted rapist and heir to the Max Factor fortune, is seeking a new trial by arguing that he had ineffective representation and that his prison sentence was miscalculated.

The Santa Barbara News-Press reported Sunday  a California appeals court panel in Ventura has ordered a hearing to consider Luster’s claims. The panel also ordered state prison officials to submit a response to the claims.

Luster’s attorney Jay Leiderman said his client was sentenced to 124 years in prison “for something that was worth a decade.”

Luster, the 48-year-old great-grandson of cosmetics giant Max Factor, was on the lam when he was convicted in 2003 of drugging and raping three women. He was captured in Mexico that same year by the bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman.

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